TRIO OF BASEBALL SKYHAWKS GARNER ALL-OVC SELECTIONS
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its 2018 All-OVC baseball selections today as the University of Tennessee at Martin brought home three honorees. Jordan Stoner was recognized for his work in the outfield as he picked up an All-OVC first team selection while Ethan Whitley and Blake Davis both earned OVC All-Freshman nods.
Stoner becomes the first Skyhawk outfielder to collect All-OVC first team status and is the fifth player in program history to earn OVC first team accolades. Davis and Whitley are the 12th and 13th UT Martin representatives to garner an OVC All-Freshman award, as Davis is the first catcher and Whitley becomes the second first baseman in Skyhawk history to earn a spot on the prestigious list.
A junior outfielder from Puyallup, Wash., Stoner ranked in the top-10 in the OVC in six categories while starting all 51 games. He placed first in triples (four), second in times hit by pitch (16, tied for the most in UT Martin history), sixth in batting average (.382), sixth in on-base percentage (.465), seventh in total hits (79) and 10th in stolen bases (11). For the Skyhawks, he also led the team with 44 runs scored, 17 doubles and a .560 slugging percentage, concluding the season with a 31-game on-base streak. Stoner collected 27 multi-hit games, including a pair of four-hit games and six 3-hit games while primarily occupying the leadoff spot in the lineup.
In conference play alone, Stoner posted the third-best batting average with a .419 clip while ranking seventh in the OVC with 79 total bases. In league play, he boasted a 1.116 OPS, belted four home runs and tallied 21 RBIs. Stoner joins Justin Dirden of Southeast Missouri, Matt Cogen of Belmont and Connor Pauly of Morehead State for first team All-OVC outfielder selections.
Davis proved to be a force behind the dish as he boasted a .974 fielding percentage and threw out an OVC-best 21 would-be base stealers. Overall, he sported a .254 batting average to go along with 22 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs. His toughness and durability was evident as he logged 50 starts on the season – including 48 consecutive starts to wrap up the year. He amassed 10 multi-hit performances (including a 4-for-4 effort at Morehead State on April 6) and knocked in five runs in the big win at No. 13 Southern Miss on Feb. 24 – which was tied for the most RBIs in a single game for any UT Martin player in 2018.
A slugger out of Mason, Tenn., Whitley started every game of the 2018 season and notched a .267 overall batting average. He tallied team-highs of nine home runs and 32 RBIs, as his nine homers led all OVC rookies and ranked second in program history by a freshman. In OVC play, he sported a .303 batting average while he connected for six round-trippers and tallied 25 RBIs. He pieced together 16 multi-hit games and equaled Davis for the most runs driven in this spring (five during a contest at Morehead State on April 6). He also became the first UT Martin freshman to record a multi-home run game when he swatted two long balls against Union on April 17.
Both Davis and Whitley join 11 other freshmen named to the All-Freshmen squad. Those accompanying the two Skyhawks are Grant Wood of Murray State (Freshman of the Year), Isaac Alexander of Jacksonville State, Christian Edwards of Jacksonville State, Cory Conway of Morehead State, Kyle Brennan of Belmont, Daniel Harris IV of Eastern Kentucky, Tyler Sylvester of Tennessee Tech, Cole Frederick of Jacksonville State, Bryce Hensor of Morehead State, Logan Bowen of Belmont and Harley Gollert of Austin Peay.